Latino vote

From Texas Standard.

On Monday, the Washington Post broke the story of the now-defunct voter fraud commission purchasing Texas voter records. The story began:

“President Donald Trump’s voting commission asked every state and the District of Columbia for detailed voter registration data, but in Texas’ case it took an additional step: It asked to see Texas records that identify all voters with Hispanic surnames, newly released documents show.”

Officials from both the White House and the state of Texas say the data was never delivered, because of a lawsuit brought by Texas voting rights advocates after the request was made.

Shelley D. Kofler / Texas Public Radio

This year Hispanics made up a larger percentage of early voters in Bexar County – and the state- than they did four years ago.  Democrats believe that will help their candidates.  Republicans aren’t so sure.  Both parties were analyzing the impact of the Latino surge as they made a last push for turnout this weekend.

A record 15.1 million Texans are registered to vote in the November election. And a large number of them are Latinos, who have recently become citizens. But will they come out and cast ballots?

Andrew Schneider from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media reports.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got booed off a stage in Orlando on Sunday, by a crowd that was overwhelmingly Latino.

It happened at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando geared toward the city's large Puerto Rican community. The icy reception was an indication of the challenges that Rubio, a Republican of Cuban heritage, has faced in locking down support from Latinos in Florida as the state's Latino electorate has begun to shift to the left.

Ryan Poppe

Democratic vice presidential nominee Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is hoping to drum up support in Texas for his running mate, Hillary Clinton, ahead of Monday night’s first presidential debate between Clinton and her Republican opponent Donald Trump.

Following speeches in Houston, Kaine made his way to Austin to speak before dozens of Hispanic political leaders from across the state about the assets a Clinton presidency will provide the Latino community.

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